CBS Soap ‘The Bold And The Beautiful’ Reveals Character Maya Avant Is Transgender: VIDEO


CBS’ 28-year-old soap The Bold and the Beautiful revealed on Wednesday’s episode that popular character Maya Avant, who is a model dating character Rick Forrester, transitioned from male to female at a young age after her sister confronted her with her birth certificate in typical, soap-style secret reveal reports USA Today.

Said actress Karla Mosley, who plays Maya:

"My first reaction was surprise, because 10 or 20 years ago, this is not a story we would be telling, and not in a way that's truthful and not sensational. My second reaction was, 'Thank you.' It's a gift it's a privilege. It’s a real opportunity to educate our viewers here and all over the world."

Bradley Bell, executive producer and head writer behind B&B, says Avant’s story is about love and tolerance.

Said Bell:

"It is about people respecting other people's differences and their uniqueness. In the end, we all want to be loved, and in order to love someone else you first have to love yourself. If you are transgender, gay, straight, it doesn't matter. It's about finding love in life. This is a love story."

Entertainment Tonight interviewed Karla Mosley about her character’s revelation and how she reacted to the news. Check out the interview, AFTER THE JUMP

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CBS Films Looking Into Removal Of Gay References From U.S. DVD Cover of 'Pride'

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The first image above is the original promotional artwork for Pride — the critically acclaimed 2014 film about gay activists who supported a bitter strike by British coal miners in the 1980s. 

The second image is the back cover of the Pride DVD released in the US on Dec. 23. 

Can you spot the difference? 

That's right, the banner in the background saying "Lesbians & Gays Support The Miners" has been removed. 

Screen Shot 2015-01-03 at 9.42.08 PMAdditionally, in the description of the film that appears on the back cover, the "London-based group of gay and lesbian activists" have been changed to just "a group of London-based activists," according to Pink News

The Hollywood Reporter has more

Ironically, those changes invert the plot of the film: Initially, the Welsh miners are more comfortable with the LGBT community’s monetary support than with its open sexual identity, but the miners ultimately become comfortable with their new supporters. Several characters come out during the course of the movie.

The film won several prizes at the British Independent Film Awards last month: the best British independent film award, along with best supporting actor and actress prizes for its stars Andrew Scott and Imelda Staunton, respectively.

Representatives for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, which released the disc in the U.S., and CBS Films, which acquired U.S. rights, did not respond to requests for comment.

CBS Films said on Twitter on Saturday afternoon that it's looking into the matter: 

Neil Patrick Harris Tells Howard Stern He Was Offered Job as Letterman's 'Late Show' Replacement: AUDIO


Neil Patrick Harris sat down with Howard Stern today to talk about his career, how coming out affected it, and what we may see from him in the future. The former star of How I Met Your Mother and current glamazon of Broadway (in Hedwig and the Angry Inch) told Stern that CBS approached him to host the Late Show after David Letterman bid the program farewell. NPH was looking for something a little more theatrical, though.

Vulture reports:

"[Les Moonves and CBS entertainment chairman Nina Tassler] called me in and sat me down and asked if [Late Show] was something I'd be interested in doing," Harris says. "In that instance, I felt like I knew what my skillsets were and I kind of knew what it is that I wanted to do after [How I Met Your Mother] … so I was surprised he pitched me that idea," he says. He wasn't interested in the 11:30 slot, nor was he interested in the 12:30 one. "I think I would get bored of the repetition fast, and the structure of it is so set," Harris says. "I don't have any interest in doing monologue, commercial, sketch, guest, guest, guest, musical act, good night."

Which is not to say Harris wouldn't be interested in another kind of show. "I liked this weekly variety thing," he says. "I think if it's weekly, and people really want to see it, and you trust that there's a lot of really great shit on there, then you're gonna get the guests to want to come on there — a weekly thing you'd have more time to prep for stuff, you could pre-tape stuff that would be really exciting, you could flesh it out more."

Would you want to see what Doogie Howser, M.D. could bring to the variety show format? Sound off in the comments below.

And listen to NPH's interview with Stern, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Jewish Anti-Defamation League Condemns 'Big Brother' Hate Speech

Abraham H FoxmanCBS's reality show Big Brother likely hasn't had this much attention in years; a shame it's for all the wrong reasons. In a single terrible season, you have racism against blacks and Asians, no small amount of homophobia, and praise for Hitler and hate crimes

Condemnation for the offending contestants has been loud and swift, and has even cost them their jobs once word got out. Meanwhile, fans of gay contestant Andy have set up a fundraising charity to combat homophobia and racism by supporting the Trevor Project.

On July 9th, the Jewish Anti-Defamation League added to the dogpile with an open letter from National Director Abraham H. Foxman to Leslie Moonves, the Chairman of CBS, requesting that the station either remove the contestants from the show, or:

Should you decide to retain them, we suggest that you provide a statement accompanying the feed that not only condemns the hate speech, but states that you are broadcasting it so that viewers will see for themselves how ugly and poisonous such prejudice and bigotry are, and will understand the importance of  standing up to it. 

As of this writing there has been no public response from Mr. Moonves or CBS.

Mike Wallace Dies: VIDEO

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Mike Wallace, late of CBS's 60 Minutes, died last night at age 93. He perished in an assisted care facility near New Canaan, CT. From the New York Times:

A reporter with the presence of a performer, Mr. Wallace went head to head with chiefs of state, celebrities and con artists for more than 50 years, living for the moment when “you forget the lights, the cameras, everything else, and you’re really talking to each other,” he said in an interview with The New York Times videotaped in July 2006 ...

Mr. Wallace created enough such moments to become a paragon of television journalism in the heyday of network news. As he grilled his subjects, he said, he walked “a fine line between sadism and intellectual curiosity.”

Wallace retired from 60 Minutes in 2006, at the age of 87. He is survived by several children, the youngest of whom is Chris Wallace, the combative host of FOX News Sunday.

Thanks to Joe.My.God for unearthing the following video -- an investigation into homosexuality in America hosted by Mike Wallace and aired in 1967. Given the era in which it was produced, it's admirably open-minded: gayfolk, at least male ones, are allowed to speak their pieces freely and at length. (I was especially interested in the weird hand-wringing about the possibility of a "gay mafia" ruling pop art and fashion, which seems rather incidental to the segment's central question: Is it desirable to legislate against private sexual behavior? On this question, at least, it seems Wallace wished to alight gently on the side of history.) Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Pennsylvania Township Bans "Public Accommodations" Discrimination; Bathroom Panic Ensues

Ladies-Room-1Last Thursday evening, the "municipal commission" in Susquehanna Township, PA, voted to ban employment, housing, and "public accommodations" discrimination against LGBTs. Media coverage of the vote was mostly sane and sober. But, as The Advocate reports, one local news channel got weird:

“The ordinance also makes it legal for men who think they’re women, and also men who think they are women, known as transgenders, to use the women’s/men’s restroom in the township,” reported WHP-TV, a CBS affiliate. The station’s reporting spent a great deal of time on public restroom use — including the possibility that some nontransgender men would don women’s clothes in order to use women’s restrooms for voyeuristic purposes.

... which, when you think about it, reflects the station's dim view not only of transfolk, but of hetersexual males, too. Apparently, they believe Susquehanna is home to some significant number of straight men who've been eagerly awaiting precisely this kind of municipal gaffe so they can listen to ladies pee. What a strange place.


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